Intermediate

The Rev. Thomas Morrow from St. Catherine Laboure put together three spiritual reading plans. This is the intermediate plan. The original list can be found on Fr. Peffley’s website (of course!). Here’s the list (links coming soon):

1. The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life, Garrigou-Lagrange, TAN Books. Explains the
three levels in spiritual growth. A classic.

2. Soul of the Apostolate, Dom Chautard. TAN. Points out the need to build apostolic
works on prayer. A classic

3. Introduction to the Devout Life. St. Francis de Sales, Image Books. THE book on
lay spirituality.

4. The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton; Harcourt Brace, Jovanovitch. Autobiography of atheist turned Trappist monk,
died in 1965.

5. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, Image. Short thoughts on how to become holy. Spiritual classic.

6. The Way, Bl. Josemarie Escriva, Scepter Books, Twentieth century counterpart to
The Imitation of Christ, by the founder of Opus Dei.

7. Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, TAN. Private revelations of God the Father to St.
Catherine of Siena, the great saint and doctor of the Church.

8. The Life of Christ, Fulton J. Sheen, Image. Insightful explanation by Bishop Sheen of
all the major passages of the gospels.

9. The Screwtape Letters; The Four Loves; Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis. Three
modern classics by a 20th century Anglican apologist for Christianity.

10. Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Cardinal John Newman, Image Books. Account of this
brilliant, intellectual Anglican priest’s conversion to Catholicism.

11. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Image Books. A guide to a 30 day
retreat by the founder of the Jesuits.

12. The Complete Spiritual Doctrine of St. Therese of Lisieux, Fr. Jamart, OCD, Alba
House. Excellent insights into St. Therese and her spirituality.

13. Saint Margaret Mary, by Leon Cristiani, St. Paul. Unusual story of this sister to
whom Christ revealed the devotion to His Sacred Heart. Also see St. Margaret
Mary’s Autobiography, by TAN Books.

14. The Holy Eucharist, and a host of other books by St. Alphonsus Ligouri; TAN books.
Classic works.

15. True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by St. Louis de Montfort. TAN. A classic on
finding Jesus through consecration to Mary.

16. Butler’s Lives of the Saints, 4 vole, Christian Classics or I vole version by Harper &
Row. Classic.

17. Mercy is My Mission and Divine Mercy In My Soul, The Diary of Bl. Sister Faustian.
Marian Press, Stockbridge, MA 02163.

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